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Outside Activities for Your 2021 Beach Getaway

Aside from laying on the beach catching rays, here are some other outdoor activities you can do while visiting Gulf Shores & Orange Beach this year!

Boating and Fishing

You can bring your own boat, rent a boat or hire a fishing charter for the day and enjoy a day on the water. Many local boat rental companies will allow you to rent a boat or jet ski for a few hours or daily without a boating license. They will also provide maps of the area so you can explore the many waterfront restaurants and islands surrounding Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You can also hop on a fishing charter for the day and let you catch dinner!


Many of the shopping venues in our area are outdoors so you can walk around in the fresh air as you shop the latest beach styles. Check out The Wharf, SanRoc Cay and Tanger Outlet Center.

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You will find some of the most scenic golf courses here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! Soak up the sun just minutes from white-sand beaches.

Beer Tasting

If you’re a fan of craft beer, you’ll love Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores! They have outdoor seating and many days there is a live band, outdoor games and a fun group of people to get to know. Many locals and visitors alike visit this hangout for the atmosphere and delicious beer options.

History at Fort Morgan

Are you a history buff? Perfect! Historic Fort Morgan is a great place to spend a day. You’ll learn about battles, take in the sights and explore the ruins and remaining structures. Adults and kids both love the rich historic tour found here on the Gulf Coast.

Nature at Gulf State Park

You can rent a bike, walk or jog the trails throughout Gulf Shores and take in the surrounding nature while you do it. From eagles to bobcats and alligators, they’re all here at Gulf State Park! You can rent bikes at one of the many rental companies surrounding the trails or grab a map at the local welcome center and walk the trails for fresh air mixed with sunshine. Be sure to stop by Lake Shelby and take in the views!

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The “Little Zoo That Grew” now has a new location in Gulf Shores and new animals! You can feed giraffes, have some fun watching the bear and tiger in their habitat, play with lemurs, meet Bruce Quillis, the resident porcupine, and much more! You can also enjoy a delicious meal at the The Safari Club Restaurant, which is onsite.

Sip a Bushwacker

Our area is known for their amazing bushwacker cocktails and you can find them at many local restaurants with outdoor and waterfront seating. Try Flora-Bama, Pink Pony Pub, Tacky Jacks, GTs on the Bay, Original Oyster House and many others!

Relax on the Beach

Whether you relax on your balcony or directly on our white-sand beaches, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the relaxing waves. Naps are encouraged!

Do you still need to book your spring and summer beach escape? We have plenty of available options for vacation rentals in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach here on our website! Browse for a unit that meets your needs or contact us at the office for assistance.


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